9 National Forests in Northern California Reopen Following Fire Closure

Following more than a week of National Forest closures throughout California due to the growing threat of human-caused wildfires, the Forest Service has reopened 9 National Forests in Northern California. Each area is open at a varying degree based on the fire danger in the region. It’s recommended to check with each forest area before heading out into the wilderness.

Here are the NorCal National Forests that have reopened:

  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • Lassen National Forest
  • Mendocino National Forest
  • Modoc National Forest
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Tahoe National Forest
  • Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  • Eldorado National Forest
  • Stanislaus National Forest

“We understand how important access to the National Forests is to our visitors,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “Continued closures are essential based on extreme fire conditions, critical limitations of firefighting resources, and to provide for firefighter and public safety.”

While many NorCal forests have reopened, 9 remain closed throughout the state. Here’s a list of the forests that remain closed, mostly sitting in Southern California:

  • Angeles NF
  • Cleveland NF
  • Los Padres NF
  • Inyo NF
  • Klamath NF
  • San Bernardino NF
  • Sequoia NF
  • Sierra NF
  • Six Rivers NF

Conditions can change quickly. Therefore, we emphasize that all citizens heed local announcements for changes in conditions and potential evacuations. Visitors are encouraged to contact their local National Forest for more information. Here is an online map to see which forests are open – https://www.fs.fed.us/r5/webmaps/RecreationSiteStatus/.

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